Wales Beat Belgium 3-1 To Set Up Semis Clash With Portugal


Paris: Wales stunned Belgium 3-1 at Euro 2016 on Saturday night to reach their first ever semi-final of a major tournament. They will face Portugal next. Get highlights of WAL vs BEL here.

Radja Nainggolan fired Belgium into a 13th-minute lead in Lille, but goals from Ashley Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes sent Wales through to a last-four showdown with Portugal on their European Championship debut.

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Inside the first 10 minutes, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard had all gone close for Belgium, while Romelu Lukaku failed to make telling contact with a deep Kevin De Bruyne corner. Robson-Kanu headed over for Wales and Bale hit the side-netting, but in the 13th minute Belgium went ahead when Nainggolan met Hazard’s lay-off with a blistering 30-yard shot that whistled into the top-left corner.

Welsh indiscipline at the back was costing them as Davies, James Chester and Chris Gunter all picked up bookings, the former’s yellow card ruling him out of the semi-final.The goal seemed to unsettle Belgium and Wales ended the first half on top, with Williams heading another Ramsey corner over the bar and Courtois fielding Bale’s low shot and a Robson-Kanu header.

Wilmots stiffened his midfield at half-time, sending on Marouane Fellaini for Carrasco, and his side made a flying start to the second period, with Lukaku, De Bruyne and Hazard all narrowly missing the target.But it was Wales who scored next with a 55th-minute goal that lit up the tournament.

Ramsey’s lofted cross from the right found Robson-Kanu, who took Thomas Meunier, Fellaini and Jason Denayer out of the game with a sublime Cruyff turn before planting a shot past Courtois.

In a taut finish to the game, Fellaini and Ramsey also received suspension-incurring bookings, the latter tarnishing perhaps his best ever Wales performance with a needless handball.Belgium huffed and puffed, Fellaini heading wide and Williams being very fortunate to avoid conceding a penalty for catching Nainggolan, before Vokes delivered the coup de grace with a stunning header from Gunter’s cross.